Britain has a housing crisis. The cost of new homes is out of reach of the many with rents at record highs and homelessness increasing. Over a quarter of adults under 35 live with their parents, and too many private rented homes substandard. We need more specialist housing for older people, who want to retain their independence.

As with the climate crisis, remedial action can start locally. This is already happening with Labour Mayors in London, Manchester and Liverpool. If elected Mayor, I will have broad powers to acquire and dispose of land for house building enabling the region to build a range of new homes. I’ll lead a Housing and Land Board that gets all the local authorities working together to make sure we build the kind of homes we need.

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